How would Wisoot Buachoom, director of Mae Hong Son Tourism Coordination
Centre, like it if someone decreed that he and his family should be uprooted
from their home and moved somewhere else so that he could become a tourist
I was planning a trip to Mae Hong Son on my next visit to Chiang Mai in
January 2007. But if Mae Hong Sonís tourist industry thinks it is right to
arbitrarily move Karen hill tribe families for the sake of me and my camera,
I have to say, Iím not interested!
David J Fallows
Revulsion over child rape
I am writing regarding an article in your February 11th
edition concerning an Australian national who was charged with rape of a
little two year old girl here in Chiangmai. I like all your readers was
horrified by the story; I sent copies of your newspaper to Amanda Vanstone
the Australian Minister for Immigration, the Queensland Minister for
Police, the Australian Ambassador to Thailand and two national newspapers in
Australia. All asking the same questions, how was it he was allowed to leave
Australia when there was a warrant out for his arrest in the Australian
state of Queensland? The warrant was for the offence of raping a four year
old girl. It angered me to think he was allowed to come to Thailand and
commit the same crime. The second question was, will he serve a sentence in
Thailand before being sent back to Australia?
The replies were a bit late coming, all saying more or less the same thing,
which was the matter is being looked into, and I could not be told all the
facts! Although they did say he would have to serve his sentence in Thailand
before being deported. The reason for him being allowed to leave Australia,
was as I was told by Senator Christopher Ellison, the Australian Minister
for Justice and Customs, that the Queensland Police never notified the
Australian Federal Police of the warrant out for his arrest, which meant
they could not stop him leaving the country!
It makes you wonder how many sex offenders and other criminals we have in
Thailand, as it seems so easy to leave Australia after committing a crime. I
would have thought in this computer age it would not be too difficult for
any State in Australia to inform their Immigration Department of criminals
who might flee the country!
I wonder too if any compensation has been paid to the poor lady and her
little girl. I guess thatís just too much to ask.